St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* PSR Classes
Classes will be held every Wednesday during the school year from 6:00-7:00 PM and are open to all pre-k to grade 8 students, as well as other youth interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. For further information or questions, please contact Emma Tuthill (618)982-9204.

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

On Wednesday, September 27 the K-8 students will be taking a field trip to Assumption Church in Mattese, MO to view relics of St. Padre Pio. We will be sending home the permission slip later this week. It will have more information about the field trip.

The Ice Cream Social is coming up on Sunday, October 1, from 5 — 7:30 pm on the parking lot. Dave and Tara Chambers are co-chairing the event.

We would like to invite everyone that is able to attend the School Mass on Fridays at 8:15 am. Each Friday, the classes take turns in being in charge of the Mass Readings and other duties. The students would love to share this time with each of you. The preschool has not started yet. They will be coming in after the Christmas break.

Please remember that we are collecting Box Tops for Education. Please collect these and send them with your child to turn in to their class. We get $0.10 for each box top collected. It is an easy way to help out the school and students.

We have two easy fundraising activities that you can do that will help out the school. First, if you have a Kroger Card you can designate St. John the Baptist School on the card and the school will receive a percentage of what you purchase. The next activity is an app that you can install on your smartphone. It is called Shop-A-Roo. Once the app is installed all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. Examples are Walmart, Krogers, restaurants, etc.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.